Perhaps we were still a little grumpy that The Weeknd wasn’t nominated for any awards at this year’s Grammys, however, there wasn’t much happening at the socially-distanced musical spectacle in Los Angeles anyway. Sure, Harry Styles wore a feather boa during his opening performance of ‘Watermelon Sugar’, Trevor Noah was (not surprising) very entertaining, and Cardi B brought a pole on stage in the shape of a stiletto and then danced on an enormous bed with Megan Thee Stallion in one of the more… exciting… parts of the evening.
But, the night wasn’t a complete bust because, well, Beyoncé. Despite being nominated for nine awards, no one was certain if Queen Bey would make an appearance on music’s biggest night, so when she and Jay-Z rocked up decked out in black and gold and looking like the American royalty they are, we thought, “alright, we’ll stick around”.
It’s a good thing we did, because otherwise we would have missed out on some historic moments for women in the music world as their voices – responding to Black Lives Matter and the coronavirus pandemic – were awarded and heard loud and clear. Women were sweeping the awards (sorry BTS) and breaking records left and right last night. It was truly a remarkable thing. Even better than Styles’ boa. Here is a list of all the women who were given their due at last night’s Grammys.
Beyoncé Becomes Grammys Most-Decorated Female Artist
Queen Bey broke blue-grass legend Allison Krauss‘s record for the most awarded female at the Grammys. She walked away with four awards last night, pushing her to the Grammys most-decorated singer – male or female – and tying her with super-producer Quincy Jones with a total of 28 golden statues. Still leading with 31 total Grammy wins is George Solti, the operatic and orchestral conductor. Hubby Jay-Z holds 23 himself. They probably have the most amazing awards display in their house.
Beyoncé and Megan Thee Stallion Become the First Females to Win Best Rap Performance
Even though Queen Bey didn’t take the stage with Megan Thee Stallion during a performance of ‘Savage’, the two Houstonians still became female rapping legends when they took home the award for Best Rap Performance and became the first women to do it. Now that’s ratchet.
Blue Ivy Carter Becomes Second-Youngest to Win a Grammy
Not all the Carters showed up for the Grammys though. Several fans were disappointed not to see Blue Ivy Carter sitting with her parents this year, however, it did not stop the nine-year-old from becoming the second-youngest Grammy winner in history. Carter won alongside her mother for Music Video of the Year, for the record Brown Skin Girl. Pretty sure a Grammy at nine cements the dynasty firmly in place.
Taylor Swift Becomes First Woman to Win Album of the Year Three Times
Taylor Swift only won one award last night, but it was a big one. The surprise pandemic-inspired album written during quarantine and entitled Folklore won the artist her third Album of the Year, making her the first female to win three Grammys in that category. She now keeps company with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, and Stevie Wonder.
Megan Thee Stallion Becomes First Female Rapper to Win Best New Artist Since 1999
Megan Thee Stallion took home three Grammys last night: Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance, and Best New Artist. Her win as Best New Artist makes her the first female rapper to win the coveted award since Lauryn Hill won in 1999. So, basically, she’s the first in this millennia.
H.E.R. Won Song of the Year with George Floyd-Inspired 'I Can't Breathe'
Beating out songs by the likes of Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, Post Malone, Taylor Swift, and Dua Lipa, H.E.R.’s soul-wrenching ‘I Can’t Breathe’ surprised quite a few people when it (deservedly) took home the Grammy for Song of the Year. H.E.R. wrote the political anthem over FaceTime following the murder of George Floyd.
“I had no idea that my fear would turn into change. But that’s why I write music, that’s why I do this,” she said during her acceptance speech. “I’m so grateful. I thank God for giving me the gift of a voice and a pen and using me as a vessel to create change.”
Billie Eilish Wins Record of the Year Again
Billie Eilish took home Record of the Year again for ‘Everything I Wanted’, a song she wrote for her brother and co-creator, FINNEAS. Apparently, the gifted young musician was not expecting it, as she told Stallion in her speech that she should have won the award. Generous, but incorrect. The award was well-deserved, Eilish.
Ariana Grande Wins with Lady Gaga and Creates the Greatest Social Post Ever
Lady Gaga announced on her Instagram that she would be watching the Grammys from Italy, where she is filming House of Gucci. So when Gaga and Ariana Grande beat out the favored BTS for the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Grammy Award, Grande tagged her co-winner and posted on her social media: “MOTHER MONSTER WAKE UP @ladygaga !!!!!!??………” along with a heartfelt thanks and some cute photos of the two together. Best post after a win yet.
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